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Title: Post-Hospital Falls Prevention Intervention: A Mixed-Methods Study.
Austin Authors: Renehan, Emma;Meyer, Claudia;Elliott, Rohan A ;Batchelor, Frances;Said, Catherine M ;Haines, Terry;Goeman, Dianne
Affiliation: Bolton Clarke Research Institute, Level 1.01, Victoria, Australia
Beyond Blue, Victoria, Australia
LaTrobe University, Centre for Health Communication and Participation, Bundoora, Victoria, Australia
Pharmacy Department, Austin Health, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
Monash University, Centre for Medicine Use and Safety, Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Parkville Victoria, Australia
National Ageing Research Institute, Parkville, Victoria, Australia
Department of Physiotherapy, Austin Health, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
The University of Melbourne, Physiotherapy, Parkville, Victoria, Australia
School of Primary and Allied Health Care, Monash University, Frankston, Victoria, Australia
School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, NSW, Australia
Kolling Institute of Medical Research, Northern Clinical School, The University of Sydney, St Leonards, NSW, Australia
Central Clinical School, Department of Nursing, Health Sciences and Medicine, Monash University, Clayton, Victoria, Australia
Issue Date: 10-Jul-2018 2018
Publication information: Journal of aging and physical activity 2018: online first: 10 July
Abstract: Post-hospital discharge shows increased risk for falls in older people. This pilot study was created to determine feasibility and acceptability of a community-delivered post-hospital multi-factorial program. This mixed-method study used randomised controlled design (quantitative component) and interviews (qualitative component). People aged ≥65 years, hospitalised for a fall, underwent assessment for quality of life and falls-related outcomes, followed by interviews, randomisation into intervention (exercise, medication review and education) or control group, and follow-up at 6-months. Thirteen people commenced, with ten people assessed at 6-months. Participants were complex with high degrees of frailty, multi-morbidity, polypharmacy and falls risk. Interview data related to intervention, impacts on quality of life and fall-related outcomes. Preliminary findings suggest suitability of a multi-factorial program for older people post-hospital discharge following a fall. A social component would be a useful addition to falls-prevention strategies, utilising existing community nursing organisations.
DOI: 10.1123/japa.2017-0406
ORCID: 0000-0002-8773-9750
PubMed URL: 29989468
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Exercise
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